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Computing A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

This course is designed to:

  • Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Course content

01 COMPUTING PRINCIPLES

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

Software and software development

Programming

Exchanging data

Data types, data structures and algorithms

Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues.

 

02 ALGORITHMS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper and will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.

There’ll be a short scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

Other areas covered include the following:

Elements of computational thinking

Problem solving and programming

Algorithms.

 

A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE

01 COMPUTER SYSTEMS

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

Software and software development

Exchanging data

Data types, data structures and algorithms

Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

 

02 ALGORITHMS ANDPROGRAMMING

This component will be a traditionally marked and structured question paper with two sections, both of which will include a mix of question types: short-answer, longer-answer, and levels of response mark-scheme-type questions.

SECTION A

Traditional questions concerning computational thinking:

Elements of computational thinking

Programming and problem solving

Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition

Algorithm design and efficiency

Standard algorithms.

 

SECTION B

There’ll be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

03 PROGRAMMING PROJECT

External postal moderation or repository.

Students and/or centres select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives. Students will need to analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

B+ in GCSE Maths and ICT

Financial information

Whilst no equipment is required to participate in this course it is useful to invest in a usb memory stick to allow for easy transportation of documents between school and home

Future opportunities

This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial.

One can study Computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics  or any type of science.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2015
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